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Saitek PK24 Eclipse III Wired Keyboard


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  • Backlighting with choice of three colors blue red purple
  • Two stage Height adjustment / Removable wrist rest
  • Pass through Audio ports for Headset
  • Touch-sensitive control panel changes settings quickly and easily
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions)

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Technical Details

  • Back-lit Keyboard
  • Wired, USB

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.4 x 18 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EYU1SW
  • Item model number: PK24
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

The Saitek Eclipse III is a sleek backlit multimedia keyboard with touch-sensitive lighting and volume controls, and ergonomically placed shortcut keys. It features adjustable, multi color backlighting that highlights key controls, touch-sensitive control panel to change settings quickly and easily, two stage height adjustment and removable wrist rest increase comfort, pass through headphone and microphone audio ports for simple connectivity, time-saving Windows and Internet shortcut keys, USB plug and play, and laser-etched, soft touch, durable keys. Color and keyboard settings remain even after system reboot. System requirements are USB 2.0, Windows XP, XP64, Windows Vista (all versions) and Windows 7.

From the Manufacturer

The Saitek Eclipse III is a sleek backlit multimedia keyboard with touch-sensitive lighting and volume controls, and ergonomically placed shortcut keys. It features adjustable, multi color backlighting that highlights key controls, touch-sensitive control panel to change settings quickly and easily, two stage height adjustment and removable wrist rest increase comfort, pass through headphone and microphone audio ports for simple connectivity, time-saving Windows and Internet shortcut keys, USB plug and play, and laser-etched, soft touch, durable keys. Color and keyboard settings remain even after system reboot. System requirements are USB 2.0, Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions).

Customer Reviews

Color settings include blue,red,bright pink, pink, and purple.
Christopher D. Davis
I love the multimedia aspect of it - you can open several programs or use functions with hot keys located on both sides of the keyboard.
D. Gaston
3 to 4 weeks at a time would go by with no contact from them, basicly There customer service doesn't care.
ntow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Masukawa on February 20, 2009
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Quick summary and a little about me to let you know where I'm coming from, in case people don't want to read the full review:

I'm a 20 year old college student (male), who plays games quite frequently, and is pretty particular with his keyboards. I loved my previous keyboard, the Eclipse I, which I had for about 2 years, and decided to buy this on a whim as a replacement (I spilled soda on my previous one).

APPEARANCE (cool factor): 9/10
-LEDs look great, laser etched keys are high quality

FUNCTIONALITY: 7/10
-a little on the long side, but I've got plenty of desk space
-hotkeys aren't especially useful
-touchpad with updated drivers works great and is very convenient
-headphone/microphone jacks are just pass-throughs from your sound card, meaning that if you want to use the feature, you'd have to plug your speakers into the keyboard (though you could buy extra splitters/audio cables)

QUALITY: 9/10
-Saitek still makes great keyboards. everything about this board looks like it was made with care.
-The keyboard feels like its going to last years

PRICE: 6/10
-Way expensive compared to the alternatives. Its a great keyboard, but only like $50-60 great. Not worth the $80 retail price, unless you've got the extra cash lying around. My advice is to wait for it to go on sale, if you're not in a hurry.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I_Veridicus on December 29, 2010
I carefully read many reviews before purchasing the Saitek Eclipse III keyboard and own the Eclipse II version, which works great. My experience with the $79.00 Eclipse III left me totally frustrated, and I strongly disagree with other review of this miserable product.
Here are a few observations.
1. The keys require much more pressure than the Eclipse II keyboard. Perhaps this is simply a matter of personal preference, but the keys hit bottom without necessarily making contact and printing a letter. It is necessary to press the keys completely to the absolute bottom of travel, then push firmly after reaching bottom to get some keys to print at all. Other keys didn't seem to be as bad, but all failed to respond as reliably as the Eclipse II keyboard. Another review that I read before purchasing the model III said that the keys are easier to press and float compared to the model II. I found exactly the opposite to be true. I can easily type 80 wpm on a quality keyboard such as the model II, but the model III would only work if you are prone to pound the keys instead of letting your fingers float over them.
2.The keyboard has a volume control that is completely without tactile or visual feedback. It can be pressed very hard, and sometimes works. Unreliable operation is of no value, and the design is sub-par, especially for a very high priced keyboard.
3. They keyboard is much wider than advertised (21" instead of 18"), and the hotkeys are of little value, especially since they can't be individually reprogrammed or re-mapped. This lack of utility, coupled with their ability to get accidentally pressed, makes the decision to purchase the model III over the Saitek Eclipse II a very poor choice.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. on October 3, 2009
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There are many well written reviews about this keyboard so I won't repeat what you have previously read. I had the Saitek II keyboard and loved it. Once you have an illuminated keyboard there is no going back. I'll be the first one to admit that I am hard on a keyboard. Spilled drinks, cigarette ashes,(I quit) food crumbs etc. The Saitek took all of this abuse but after 4 years of heavy use the space-bar key broke. There was no fixing it. Having had a good buying experience I ordered the Saitek III. This keyboard is very impressive looking with many bells & whistles that you may not need. It does take up a lot of real estate on your desk top so make sure you have the room. It's about 6 inches longer than the compact Saitek II so if space is an issue you may not want this. Most desk tops should accomadate this without a problem. The most noticeable difference is the "Feel" of the keyboard. The Saitek II keys feel hard with short strokes. The Saitek III keys feel much softer allowing faster typing speeds. Your fingers float over the keys as opposed to banging them. Bottom Line: This is one impressive keyboard that I highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jettisonbrains on April 17, 2011
When I first got this I loved it to hell mainly because I liked the backlighting schemes. However, within less than a year, the keys started to scratch and fade and expose the backlight underneath which looks gross when illuminated. I have short nails, so I guess my finger tips are toxic and melt Saitek products. I don't use this at all for gaming. Just writing and normal (not excessive) Internet activity. So, the fact that the keys have faded and scratched with no gaming experience really annoys me. I've heard people complain in the past about this being too big. I suppose it is, but I have plenty of desk space.

As for the touch media panel. I don't really use it all that much I think mainly because I don't like cleaning the panel all the time. Yeah, I'm a neat freak that I don't like seeing my grubby fingerprints on it. Since most media players like iTunes, VLC, etc. have hot keys, I found the media panel useless. As for the volume control, that might actually be good for some people, but I really don't use it. I have a hard volume dial on my monitor so, I'm fine not using Saitek's volume. On occasion I have noticed that the touch panel does glitch where the panel doesn't respond at all. There's nothing I can do to it other than restarting the whole computer. A couple times I have to download the drivers all over again from Saitek's site. And that's another thing. It doesn't come with software. Basically, you download and save the drivers if you want to actually use your touch panel.

After a year of use, I can say, I like the fact that I can type in the dark and the backlights looks pretty. I don't like that the keyboard keys themselves don't stand the test of time after such moderate use.
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